" It is the beginning and will continue till the end- --the one constant that unites all creation"
"It is the Divinity; the Purifier; the All-Powerful that awakens in us the deepest reflection of Spirit, of God, of Universal Energy". It is the representation of energy that flows through our breath in waking and sleeping states. It is the essence that unites all of us in our most intuitive level.
" The goal which all Vedas declare, which all austerities aim at, and which men desire when they lead the life of continence.....is OM.This syllable OM is indeed Brahman. Whoever knows this syllable obtains all that he desires. This is the best support; this is the highest support. Whoever knows this support is adored in the world of Brahma (Katha Upanishad 1). It is of paramount importance in Hinduism. It represents Brahma, the Impersonal Absolute of Hinduism, the Omnipotent, Omnipresent and Source of all manifest experience
Brahma in itself is incomprehensible, so a symbol becomes mandatory to help us realise the unknowable. OM, therefore represents the unmanifest (nirguna) and the manifest (saguna) aspects of God.This is why it is called Pravana, to mean it pervades life and runs through our Prana (breath).
Although it symbolises the most profound concepts of Hindu beliefs, it is in use daily. Hindus begin their day or any work or journey by uttering OM. Many, like me, wear the sign as a pendant. It is enshrined in every Hindu temple or in some form or another on family homes and shrines. A newly born child is ushered into the world with this sign and after birth, the child is ritually cleansed and the sacred syllable OM is written on its tongue with honey. Thus at the time of birth OM is initiated into the life of a Hindu and remains as a symbol forever.
"OM is the one eternal symbol of which all that exists is but the development. The past, the present and the future are all included in this one sound, and all that exist beyond the three forms of time is also implied" (Mandukya Upanishad)
It is not a word but an intonation, which like music transcends the barriers of age, race, culture and even species. It is made up of three Sanskrit letters AA, AU and MA, which when combined together, make the sound AUM or OM. It is the basic sound of the world and contains all other sounds. It is Mantra or Prayer. If repeated with the correct intonation, it can resonate throughout the body so that the sound penetrates to the centre of ones being (the Atman or soul). By vibrating the sacred syllable OM, if one thinks of the Ultimate Personality of the Godhead and quits the body, one will certainly reach the highest state of "stateless" eternity, says the Bhagavad Gita. It brings the Godhead to the people in a way that all can understand. This is and has been central to Hinduism,,, the connection between the people and their
OM provides a dualistic viewpoint. It projects the mind beyond the immediate to what is abstract and inexpressible and makes the absolute more tangible and comprehensive. It encompasses all potentialities and possibilities. It is everything that was ,is or can yet be.
So, close your eyes, take a deep breath and say OOOOOOM, OOOOOOM, OOOOOOM, feel the energy pulsating, allowing you calmness and serenity.